A child’s perspective. Do you remember how wondrous the world was when you were young? Everything was new, everything was huge and everything was exciting. The possibilities were limitless. And when possibilities are limitless creativity blooms. Those are the wonders of a child’s perspective.
But how do you regain this perspective?
Play with a child!
When I say play with a child I mean REALLY play with a child. Let go of everything, fully disconnect yourself from the adult world. In a child’s world everything is possible, everything is “can do!” Allow yourself to go along in this world. Build the castle from bed linen and see it as a glorious building. Be the prince/princess, drink the imaginary tea and picture it as real tea. Play with the ball and with none of the rules that are implemented for different sports but the rules the child thought up. This helps you see beyond the restrictions society has slowly placed upon you. It helps you to further develop (regain) your imagination a key component to creativity.
Take risk and let the child take risks. Our protective instincts automatically kick in when seeing a child climb or do anything that has some risk involved. If there are no/limited serious consequences then withstand the urge to warn/stop. It helps both your’s and the child’s mindset! The child develops confidence and you learn to tame that little voice in your head that mostly sees danger and feeds insecurity.
Take a moment and look at how a child plays, they’re fully focused and everything that pops up in their mind they try. In their mind “cannot” doesn’t exist yet, so they try until they get the result they want. It is one of the reasons that children constantly surprise adults.
Play like a child!
Play like a child, buy yourself some Lego throw away the instructions and just start building. Buy an adult colouring book and proceed to colour outside lines, use colours that may not be designated or even logical, ignoring all the “rules” of the book.
Get an instrument and just play it. No YouTube tutorial, no lessons from a professional, just you the instrument and your experimentation. The sense of achievement when making a proper sound will be immeasurable and who knows what unique sound you might come up with.
Literally look at things from different perspectives. A child’s perspective. Remember how playing in the bushes felt like playing in a forest, when you were young? Relive that experience! For example lay on the ground and look under a table. Take the time and try to see what a child sees. Inspect the floor and see the details that your brain might usually filter and maybe even imagine the chair legs to be entrance to caves. Then raise your eyes to tabletop level go through the same process and at the end do this from a fully standing position. Do the reverse process another day or with another object. The process of changing perspectives can be done in various ways. Try experiencing the city from different perspectives. Start at street level, then go to the tallest building, experience the city from that view and lastly experience it from the sky.
Want more tips? Well here are some for you!
Ask why and ask why often! Ask it to others and ask it to yourself. Do this for even the most logical things. It helps you get to the core of anything and everything. Increasing and refreshing your knowledge, besides that it stimulates your curiosity!
Take a moment to appreciate and experience your surroundings. Children stop and look at everything that interest them, from a huge tractor to a little blade of grass. I could explain to you why mindfulness is so important but you already know that right??!!!
Lastly, do what makes you happy! A child basically only strives to do things that make them happy, enjoying every moment. This sounds logical but think on how often you go through the day hopping from task to task. Ask yourself this and give yourself an honest answer!
A child’s perspective? When is the last time you spent the day only doing activities that made you happy?